Coplon has a Big Season

Winston Salem, N.C. – This season, Havelock (N.C.) was a team full of stars. A.J. Coplon is one of those players and he had a great season.

Havelock was able to win the 3A state title again this year. The win marked back-to-back state championships for the Rams and the final game for one of the best senior classes in school history.

Senior cornerback A.J. Coplon was a big part of the team's success and said he was happy to end his career with a championship

"It means a lot," Coplon said. "It was a good way to go out as a senior."

"I feel like it was the best game I played all season."

The East Carolina commit said the Rams were a close team.

"The whole team is close – not just seniors," he said. "Everybody is close to everybody."

Coplon made several key plays on defense, including two forced fumbles (returned one for a touchdown).

"I knew we needed someone on defense to make a play, so I just went out there and did what I could," he said.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback had a habit of making big plays this season.

"We nicknamed him big play A.J." for a reason," said Havelock assistant coach Caleb King. "He will bring huge playmaking ability to East Carolina."

Coplon said he will miss playing for Havelock.

"I'm really going to miss my teammates and coaches," he said. "I'm also going to miss the fans – we have some really good fans."

With his high school career over, what does he need to improve on?

"Before I get to East Carolina, I need to improve on everything," he said.

The senior playmaker finished the season with 39 tackles, seven interceptions, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery on defense. On offense, he had 11 catches for 277 yards and three touchdowns. He was also was one of the top special teams players in North Carolina, returning six punts for touchdowns.

Coplon will play for North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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